Definitions for harsh
Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word harsh.
"wild and harsh country full of hot sand and cactus"; "the nomad life is rough and hazardous"
disagreeable to the senses
"the harsh cry of a blue jay"; "harsh cognac"; "the harsh white light makes you screw up your eyes"; "harsh irritating smoke filled the hallway"
of textures that are rough to the touch or substances consisting of relatively large particles
"coarse meal"; "coarse sand"; "a coarse weave"
unkind or cruel or uncivil
"had harsh words"; "a harsh and unlovable old tyrant"; "a rough answer"
"a harsh penalty"
sharply disagreeable; rigorous
"the harsh facts of court delays"; "an abrasive character"
To negatively criticize.
Quit harshing me already, I said that I was sorry!
to put a damper on (a mood).
Dude, you're harshing my buzz.
Unpleasantly rough to the touch or other senses.
Severe or cruel.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: hervische, German, Skinner.
Our nature here is not unlike our wine;
Some sorts, when old, continue brisk and fine:
So age’s gravity may seem severe,
But nothing harsh or bitter ought t’ appear. John Denham.
Sweet, bitter, sour, harsh and salt, are all the epithets we have to denominate that numberless variety of relishes. John Locke.
The same defect of heat which gives a fierceness to our natures, may contribute to that roughness of our language, which bears some analogy to the harsh fruit of colder countries. Jonathan Swift, to the Lord High Treasurer.
A name unmusical to Volscian ears,
And harsh in sound to thine. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.
Age might, what nature never gives the young,
Have taught the smoothness of thy native tongue;
But satire needs not that, and wit will shine
Through the harsh cadence of a rugged line. Dryden.
The unnecessary consonants made their spelling tedious, and their pronunciation harsh. Dryden.
Thy lord commands thee now
With a harsh voice, and supercilious brow,
To servile duties. John Dryden, Pers. Sat. 5.
He was a wise man and an eloquent; but in his nature harsh and haughty. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.
Bear patiently the harsh words of thy enemies, as knowing that the anger of an enemy admonishes us of our duty. Taylor.
No harsh reflection let remembrance raise;
Forbear to mention what thou can’st not praise. Matthew Prior.
A certain quickness of apprehension inclined him to kindle into the first motions of anger; but, for a long time before he died, no one heard an intemperate or harsh word proceed from him. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.
Black feels as if you were feeling needles points, or some harsh sand; and red feels very smooth. Robert Boyle, on Colours.
With eloquence innate his tongue was arm’d;
Though harsh the precept, yet the preacher charm’d. Dryd.
rough; disagreeable; grating
disagreeable to the touch
disagreeable to the taste
disagreeable to the ear
unpleasant and repulsive to the sensibilities; austere; crabbed; morose; abusive; abusive; severe; rough
having violent contrasts of color, or of light and shade; lacking in harmony
Etymology: [OE. harsk; akin to G. harsch, Dan. harsk rancid, Sw. hrsk; from the same source as E. hard. See Hard, a.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
härsh, adj. rough: bitter: jarring: abusive: severe: unkind.—v.t. Harsh′en, to render harsh.—adv. Harsh′ly.—n. Harsh′ness. [M. E. harsk, a northern word; cf. Sw. härsk and Dan. harsk, rancid, Ger. harsch, hard.]
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'harsh' in Adjectives Frequency: #687
The numerical value of harsh in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of harsh in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
I am pleading with The Japanese authorities to provide us with any information at all about my husband's health, we are fearful and very worried his recovery will be complicated while he continues to endure such harsh conditions and unfair treatment.
I'm not going to continue to perpetuate these unjust practices, these police practices, that have really harsh results to our community, we really need to start thinking about the actual negative impact this has with police and community relationships and the outright racial disparity is telling by looking at the numbers.
Harsh reproof is like a violent storm, soon washed down the channel; but friendly admonitions, like a small shower, pierce deep, and bring forth better reformation.
The only time life become harsh to us, is when we allow it.
It is permissible to protest, to shout and to say harsh words, and not every harsh word is incitement. It is not the harsh words that caused the prime minister’s murder — it was a despicable murderer in Yigal Amir.
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- criticar, sever, severa, aspreCatalan, Valencian
- ru, grovDanish
- harsch, streng, rau, scharf, herb, unwirsch, schrill, grell, hartGerman
- despotricar, duro, severo, ásperoSpanish
- rankka, tyly, julma, raakaFinnish
- dure, durFrench
- cruaidh, borb, garg, searbhScottish Gaelic
- rigoroso, aspro, rude, accidentato, discordante, severo, crudele, grossolano, rigido, duro, gibboso, ruvidoItalian
- 냉혹하다, 가혹한, 거칠다Korean
- durus, raucusLatin
- raupjš, rupjšLatvian
- wreed, zwaar, ruw, grofDutch
- áspera, cruel, severo, grosso, grosseiro, áspero, duroPortuguese
- aspru, severRomanian
- суровый, шероховатый, шершавый, жестковатый, неприятный, жёсткий, резкий, твёрдый, строгий, грубый, зазубренныйRussian
- vrazhdë, ashpërAlbanian
- Khắc nghiệtVietnamese
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